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Ok i have a couple of Input boxes which i need to put Customer Name in one and Quote Number in the other.

I create them like this

$hInput1 = GUICtrlCreateInput(" Customer Name ", 30, 125, 133, 25)
GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 10.5, 400, 0, "Tahoma")

Now i would like it so that the text is greyed out for this text but not for what the person types, So Customer Name would grey / Jenkins would be black and when the person clicks on the box it wipes the Customer name text away ready for typing.

Im assuming its possible but i cant see how ?

The only way i have managed to read it is by adding it in the while / wend under the next button to be pressed so i can add the details from it into a variable, when it was in the while wend on its on it was constantly being read.

Any thoughts plz?

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What you want is called a CueBanner and you do it ike this:

#include <GUIConstantsEX.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>
#include <WinAPI.au3>

$hGui = GUICreate("", 500, 300)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Info", 10, 5)
Local $aInput[6][2] = [[0, "Name"],[0, "Address"],[0, "Home Phone"],[0, "Mobile Phone"],[0, "Password"],[0, "Town"]]
For $i = 0 To UBound($aInput) - 1
    $aInput[$i][0] = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 10, (20 * ($i + 1)), 140, 20)
    GUICtrlSendMsg(-1, $EM_SETCUEBANNER, True, $aInput[$i][1])
While 1
    $msg = GUIGetMsg()
    If $msg = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE Then Exit

;Does not work for edit controls with $ES_MULTILINE style.
;In XP, the banner disappears when the edit has focus (cursor in edit)
;In Vista/7 the banner can optionally still appear when the edit has focus (cursor in edit)
;(third parameter = True/False)

All clear? :)


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No sorry, i cant tie them together like as i cant do other things with them, well its prob possible but im trying to keep it simple.

I need just one box and ill make it twice to do both

I tried hacking about but ended crashing autoIt :)

Local $aInput = " Customer Name "
For $i = 0 To UBound($aInput)
$aInput = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 10, 20, 140, 30)
GUICtrlSendMsg(-1, $EM_SETCUEBANNER, True, $aInput)

No wait..

I got it i think

$hGui = GUICreate("", 500, 300)

Local $aInput1 = " Customer Name "
$aInput = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 10, 20, 140, 20)
GUICtrlSendMsg(-1, $EM_SETCUEBANNER, True, $aInput1)

While 1
$msg = GUIGetMsg()
If $msg = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE Then Exit
Edited by Chimaera

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